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Poster: Jim F Date: Jan 29, 2011 12:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your first show...

Gans' "Who Killed Uncle John" is a great song. I don't think I'd ever heard it until I saw Gans play in 2002, where he opened for, then sat in with, one of those local cover bands I'm always blabbering about.

It's kindof a dark song, which really encapsulates that sadness and anger among us after Garcia died. "Who killed Uncle John, and kept the show from goin' on?" he sings, then answers for us. He basically sings about how the pressures of being Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead slowly killed Jerry, and goes through the list of the various subcultures among Deadheads and how none of them want to take the blame, and instead put it on each other.

I don't have a favorite version of it or anything (aside from the ones I've seen live I guess). I haven't listened to this one, but here is a more modern version from one of those Schwagstock festivals here in Missouri.